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In the White Mountains of Arizona it is unlikely this young Fancy Dancer at the 10th Annual Pow Wow in the Pines will see any ships bearing Pilgrims.

This boy was just hit by the edge of a dust devil while waiting for his competition. The wind was strong enough that it was surprising that some of the lighter Fancy Dancers weren't blown around with their large bustles.

Fancy Dancing is a modernistic expression of dancing whereby much body and head movement with perfect timing of footwork to the pace of the drum tempo. The men's Fancy Dance originated in Oklahoma. These dancers are noted for their fast footwor, athletic ability, and originality. The large double bustles of brillian colored feathers distinguis these dancers from other types. Their regalia includes angora anklets with sheep bells fastened above them, ribbon shirt, beaded yoke, belt, armbands, cuffs, and headband. These dancers also wear a procupine roach on their heads which has one or two feathers attached in a spinner. *Description from the program for the 21st Annual ASU Spring Contest Pow Wow*

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